STEM School Site Visits Starting Soon

Schools across the state of Tennessee are integrating STEM in different ways. There are multiple benefits to observing pioneering strategies at work. Benefits for Teachers and Leadership: Experience new environments Increase enthusiasm Reflective conversations about their work Build capacity Develop new strategies for STEM integration Concrete examples of what works There are eleven schools across the state who have agreed to open their doors this spring to share the innovative STEM work they are currently doing. School Location Date & Time  STEM School […]

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The Power of Observation

A good teacher is always looking for ways to become a better teacher. Just as a good school is always looking for ways to become a better school.  As a STEM teacher, one of the most powerful professional development tools I’ve ever experienced was visiting a neighboring STEM school and talking with the faculty and students about their experiences implementing STEM. That focused school visit allowed me to gain insights in to what other teachers, students, and administrators felt were […]

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2017 Rube Goldberg Machine Contest


A Rube Goldberg Machine™ is a comically involved, complicated invention, laboriously contrived to perform a simple operation. Building a Rube Goldberg Machine incorporates science, technology, engineering and mathematics, not to mention art, teamwork, and perseverance! Students use cooperation and communication to apply their knowledge from across the spectrum of STEM and STEAM-based learning. These tasks cultivate their creativity and critical thinking skills, and immerse them in the engineering design process as they work together to design and test their machine. […]

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New Year; New Semester; New STEM Activities on MakerMinded!


The holiday season is all about gratitude. In Tennessee, we are privileged with some of the most outstanding and committed STEM teachers anywhere in the country. To retain these amazing teachers in Tennessee, we need to elevate and recognize the incredible commitment and effort they put forth each and every day. Effective STEM teachers develop hands-on lessons in the classroom and seek outside opportunities for students to apply their learning to outside STEM activities and competitions. Through MakerMinded, we want […]

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Connecting Classrooms to the World This Holiday Season

Service-learning is a form of experiential learning that supports a deeper understanding and application of knowledge. Through service-learning activities, students apply classroom knowledge in practical settings to enhance their understanding of class materials. Service-Learning Benefits Service-learning provides students with opportunities to develop collaborative, organizational, relational, and civic engagement skills.  Students can gain better understanding of themselves as they explore and develop ways to contribute to their communities. Service-learning has been associated with academic gain: students who participate in community service […]

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Need last minute ideas? Here is our STEM toy list for the holidays!

STEM learning is most effective when it happens both in and outside of the classroom. Why not make learning at home FUN with STEM toys? We’ve pulled together a list of some great online STEM toy resources to help you with that last-minute holiday rush! Here are a few of our favorites, followed by some great online resources filled with more ideas! Zoob BuilderZ kits Available in many different kits and sizes! The ZOOB S.T.E.M. Challenge kit gives you the tools you […]

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Celebrate National CS Week with the Hour of Code


Did you know that computing is the #1 source of wages in the U.S.? Computer science is foundational for every industry today. That’s one reason to join in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (December 7-13). More than 100 million students worldwide have already tried an Hour of Code. We want to ensure that our students are on the forefront of creating technology of the future—not just consuming it.  The […]

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